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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will be reopening for international tourism on August 1st, 2020.

The country will also lift all internal travel restrictions on the same day. 

Kenya traditional tribe

The move came as pressure mounted to restart the country's battered economy after nearly four months of covid-19 restrictions that have devastated key industries such as tourism.

Kenyatta said in a televised address that “international air travel into and out of the territory of Kenya shall resume effective 1 August 2020.”

He also announced the lifting of a ban on movement in and out of the capital Nairobi.

A curfew from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am will remain in place for an additional 30 days, effective immediately.

Kenya has confirmed 7,886 cases of Covid-19 and 160 deaths which is the highest official figures in East Africa. In recent weeks, the country has also seen a steep increase in cases. Fewer than 200,000 people have been tested in the population of 51 million people.

In June, Kenyatta had said that before lifting restrictions, the country would need to have contained infections with numbers headed downwards and the health care system must be prepared to deal with a surge in infections.

Kenya Safari

Kenyatta said  “we have reached a reasonable level of preparedness across the country to allow us to reopen,” and warned the reopening was conditional. 

“Any trends that signal a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to the lockdown,” he said.

Elephants near river in kenya

Kenyatta also announced that places of worship will be allowed to reopen, but with a maximum of 100 people attending.

He urged citizens to continue to implement social distancing, and to avoid travel as much as possible, asking them to, “exercise cautious optimism and avoid reckless abandon.”

Kenya COVID-19 Entry requirements

Travelers arriving in Kenya must bring a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of flying or they will face a mandatory 14 day self-isolation. 

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